Vivo could also be one of the established tech manufacturers in China, and well-known in different elements of Asia, however it’s a comparatively new participant in Europe.
The Y20s is the most affordable of the 4 telephones the corporate launched within the outdated world in late 2020, with a UK worth of simply £149 – inexpensive even by most funds telephone requirements.
In your cash you get a good design, long-lasting battery, and spectacular software program assist – the Y20s beat many 2020 flagships to get an replace to Android 11. On the flipside, the digicam’s a bit primary, the show positively doesn’t match rivals for specs, and also you’ll need to put up with a Micro-USB port.
As with every telephone at this worth although, compromises are inevitable – you have simply obtained to determine if Vivo’s priorities with the Y20s match yours.
Design & construct
Low cost telephones don’t typically appear to be a lot, however Vivo has accomplished a good job of extending its flagship design philosophy right down to the little guys.
Positive, the rear is plastic moderately than glass, however the refractive end is definitely eye-catching within the Nebula Blue mannequin I reviewed, although a subtler Obsidian Black mannequin is out there too.
A 6.51in show means the telephone as a complete isn’t fairly compact, however with a comparatively skinny bezel it’s nonetheless comfy to carry – and at eight.4mm thick it’s really a reasonably slender machine, particularly in comparison with different inexpensive rivals.
You do get a headphone jack, however one main draw back is a Micro-USB port for charging – nearly acceptable for a £149 telephone, however USB-C is quick turning into the usual elsewhere even on this funds section.
A fingerprint sensor is included alongside the aspect of the telephone, constructed into the facility button, and works reliably sufficient.
There’s no official waterproofing ranking to talk of, and the show isn’t coated with Gorilla Glass, which makes sturdiness a slight concern. You’ll in all probability need to use a display protector or a case – neither of that are included sadly.
The display is maybe the primary apparent shortcoming of the Y20s. The 6.51in panel is primary on three counts: it’s LCD, not OLED; it’s 60Hz, not 90- or 120Hz; and it’s 720p, moderately than Full HD.
Any considered one of these by itself wouldn’t be a dealbreaker, however all three collectively make the Y20s really feel unnecessarily stripped again.
Now, to be honest, when you’re not fussy about show high quality you then won’t care in any respect. The display nonetheless works tremendous, your Instagram feed will nonetheless look nice, and you may nonetheless watch YouTube, simply not in correct HD. For some individuals, that can be lots.
However if you would like your images to essentially pop or to profit from your Netflix sub, then bear in mind that there are different telephones round this worth that may ship extra visible bang on your buck.
Specs & efficiency
It’s the same story contained in the telephone, the place you’ll discover a Snapdragon 460, with 4GB of RAM and 128GB storage.
The storage is surprisingly beneficiant for a funds handset – 64GB can be extra typical – and particularly provided that there’s additionally a microSD slot to broaden the capability even additional.
The chipset and RAM are much less interesting although, and you may see the influence in our benchmark outcomes, the place the Y20s lags behind most different units in the identical worth tier.
Day-to-day, the influence on efficiency is noticeable however not excessive. The telephone lags a bit every now and then, and the restricted RAM makes multi-tasking troublesome – the telephone can solely preserve just a few apps open in reminiscence at a time.
Lean software program helps right here although – extra on that beneath – and so in truth the telephone not often feels too sluggish. It’s not quick, however in distinction to some cheaper telephones I by no means discovered myself pissed off by sluggish loading or apps freezing. You might discover you hardly discover it in any respect.
It’s value noting that the Y20s is restricted to 4G assist – no 5G – and it additionally lacks NFC, which suggests you may’t use the telephone to make contactless funds.
Battery & charging
If at this level you’re feeling a little bit underwhelmed by the Y20s, then concern not: it has an ace up its sleeve.
That lower-spec hardware might include downsides, however it additionally helps the 5000mAh battery within the Y20s actually put within the legwork.
The telephone obtained the very best outcome we’ve ever seen within the PCMark battery take a look at, and among the many highest within the separate Geekbench four battery benchmark.
Translated to actual world use, you’re take a look at two days’ use simple, and with lighter use the telephone stretched to a few and even 4 days once in a while. Batteries are inclined to last more in cheaper telephones, which use decrease energy part, besides – that is distinctive.
Charging is maybe much less thrilling, however nonetheless first rate sufficient – the 18W quick charging topped the telephone battery up by 30% in half an hour. Due to the wonderful longevity, that must be the very best a part of a day’s use for many, nonetheless.
It’s value a reminder right here that the telephone makes use of Micro-USB moderately than USB-C nonetheless. Which may not be a dealbreaker for you, but when all of your different tech has made the swap to the newer common normal, you won’t need to commit to a different two years on a Micro-USB machine.
The digicam spec right here is primary, however practical. Vivo pitches the Y20s as a triple-camera telephone, however actually there’s just one lens that issues – the opposite two rear lenses are a depth sensor and a macro, so received’t see a lot direct use.
The principle lens is a 13Mp, f/2.2 shooter. In good gentle the outcomes are truthfully strong, if not spectacular. Whether or not it’s pictures of meals, landscapes, or individuals you’ll get brilliant, punchy, and crisp photos that look adequate to throw on social media. Dig deeper and also you’ll discover a little bit of noise and grain within the background, however provided that you actually hunt for it.
Outcomes drop off fairly sharply in decrease gentle – even taking a photograph of meals within the night the outcomes are markedly totally different to daytime. The noise is all of a sudden noticeable at a look, the colors and publicity are off, and any highlights get blown out. There’s no evening mode to assist in low gentle, so these outcomes are nearly as good because it will get.
There’s a portrait choice on the principle digicam utilizing the depth sensor, which really does a good job, although there’s a contact of extreme blurring across the edges of the topic. The opposite lens choice is the macro – outcomes listed below are vague, blurry, and poorly uncovered, which is frequent on low cost macro cameras. Even in close-ups, the principle digicam will typically do a greater job.
On the entrance there’s an 8Mp, f/1.eight selfie lens. It could be decrease decision, however the bigger aperture helps this digicam maintain its personal, and selfies are sturdy as long as the lighting is sweet. There’s additionally a portrait mode right here, of comparable high quality to the rear digicam, although slowed down by extreme magnificence mode choices which might be difficult to show off solely.
Vivo made headlines just lately for launching a complete new model of its Android pores and skin, now dubbed Origin OS, however don’t count on to see that right here. Origin OS is restricted to the Chinese language market – for now no less than – and in Europe the corporate ships telephones with an expertise that’s a lot nearer to inventory Android.
Technically, that is working Funtouch OS – Vivo’s older Android pores and skin – however that is such a stripped again model you could hardly inform it’s there. You’ll get the identical easy, clear Android UI discovered on Google’s personal telephones, and little or no bloat.
Vivo solely features a handful of its personal apps – a photograph album, a safety app, and a pair extra – although annoyingly whereas there aren’t lots of them, you can also’t uninstall them.
Protecting issues clear has seemingly helped Vivo transfer quick with software program updates, because the Y20s has already been up to date to Android 11 – having launched with model 10 – beating loads of dearer telephones to the punch.
Vivo hasn’t assured that the telephone will obtain another Android model updates although, so don’t take it as a provided that the Y20s will in flip get the replace to Android 12 later this yr.
Value & availability
At simply £149 within the UK, the Y20s is true on the inexpensive finish of the market, and in the intervening time you should buy it from Field, Ebuyer, or Clove. Sadly it’s not obtainable in North America, and isn’t more likely to launch there.
Whereas it doesn’t supply knockout specs for that worth, the telephone’s strengths – particularly on software program and battery – imply it nonetheless gives first rate worth for cash.
There are many different funds telephones to contemplate across the similar worth although. The Realme 7 gives an enormous show improve for £179, whereas the Oppo A53 features a very comparable spec sheet with a minor show bump for across the similar worth – although additional software program bloat slows that telephone down a little bit extra.
Try our full funds telephone rating for extra choices, or our choose of the very best Vivo telephones for extra from the model.
If an enormous battery life is your primary concern then the Vivo Y20s is pretty simple to suggest, whereas the stripped-back software program helps preserve efficiency surprisingly clean even with some pretty primary inner specs.
The digicam setup is fairly typical for the value level, however keep in mind you could positively discover quicker efficiency and higher shows for the same worth with rival producers – so look elsewhere when you spend most of your telephone time gaming or on Netflix.
Vivo Y20s: Specs
Android 11 with Funtouch OS 11 World
6.5in HD (720×1600) LCD, 60Hz
Qualcomm Snapdragon 460
128GB inner storage
microSD card slot
13Mp foremost digicam, f/2.2, PDAF
8Mp, f/1.eight selfie digicam
11ac dual-band Wi-Fi
three.5mm headphone jack
5000mAh non-removable battery
Quick charging 18W
164.four x 76.three x eight.4mm